An estimated one billion viewers watched as Miss South Africa - 22-year-old Roelen
Strauss – was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant's final in
London on Sunday. She is the first South Africa to win the title since Anneline Kriel was
crowned in 1974.
In Africa, only 3% of the world's healthcare workers tend to 24% of the global disease
burden. To help bridge the skills divide, the University of Cape Town offers
programmes aimed at African students who want to make a difference in their home
countries. Here are some of their stories.
In the week he was crowned as the world's best swimmer for 2014, South Africa's
Olympic champion Chad le Clos set a new world record in the 100m butterfly – and
won gold in the 200m freestyle – at the World Short-Course Swimming Championships
Ian Player "worked tirelessly, fully committed to his life’s work of nature conservation
and his quest to understand the human spirit and psyche", the Wilderness Foundation
said of its 87-year-old founder, who passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday.
Information technology is strengthening civil society in South Africa, fostering new
relationships and empowering communities. Now a new platform, the Tipfuxeni Project,
connects South African NGOS with international funders.
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